Summer 2016 -
Undergraduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
1:00 PM - 5:15 PM
|Science Fiction Survival Guide
Description of Course:
Human survival is a central theme in literature and film, and as a genre, science fiction offers an infinite number of possible technological, environmental, and social challenges to be overcome (or not). This course explores the survival of the individual, the survival of the collective, and the survival of the human psyche in possible futures through works of fiction and film.
Questions that will guide our reading and discussions include:
â€¢ How do the needs of the many weigh against the need of the individual? How are priorities of the many or the one determined?
â€¢ Are the costs of survival worth the price that is paid to endure?
â€¢ What does survival mean?
â€¢ Is â€œadapt or dieâ€ a truth? Are their exceptions to this adage?
The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K. LeGuin (1971)
â€¢ ISBN-10: 1416556966
â€¢ ISBN-13: 978-1416556961
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick (1968)
â€¢ ISBN-10: 0345404475
â€¢ ISBN-13: 978-0345404473
More than Human, Theodore Sturgeon (1953)
â€¢ ISBN-10: 0375703713
â€¢ ISBN-13: 978-0375703713
The Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler (1993)
â€¢ ISBN-10: 0446675504
â€¢ ISBN-13: 978-0446675505
Perdido Street Station, China MiÃ©ville (2000)
â€¢ ISBN-10: 0345459407
â€¢ ISBN-13: 978-0345459404
Copies of the texts are available at Off Campus Books.
Off Campus Books (located behind Fuzzyâ€™s Tacos)
561 W. Campbell Road, #201â€¨Richardson, TX 75080
Bladerunner (Directorâ€™s Cut) (1982/1992)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Black Mirror: â€œThe Entire History of You.â€ Season 1, ep. 3. BBC (2011)
Black Mirror: â€œBe Right Back.â€ Season 2, ep. 1. BBC (2013)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Assignments will likely include:
Submission of analytical discussion questions
Active class participation